New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 27

rocker on this. I knew zero rock stars, so I gave it to my agent who said he knew a couple of rock and roll managers. He said he’d see if anyone was looking for something. He sent it out to the ether and a couple of months later I got a call out of the blue saying, ‘Hi Joe, my name is David Bryan. I’m the keyboardist for Bon Jovi. I just read your script for Memphis and I heard every song and I want to know how I can write this work.’ And that literally was my first conversation with David. Then he sent me a demo of a song in the script and I thought this is the guy. David and I are the same age and we both grew up in Jersey. He’s got a Jewish mother; I have an Italian mother. He comes from a very specific world of rock and roll and I come from a world of theatre, but we’re of the same DNA from our Jersey upbringing during the ‘70s. Together, you two won Tony Awards for Memphis. It’s cool that your big break came with another Jersey guy. It’s very cool. The Next Generation of Rock Radio Listen online at 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 27